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Album: Goldfrapp, Tales of Us (Mute)

The peculiar flip-flop trajectory of Goldfrapp’s career continues with Tales of Us, on which they eschew the electropop of 2010’s Head First in favour of a more sensuous, intimate style that owes much to Kate Bush.

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Goldfrapp, Mencap Little Noise Sessions, St John at Hackney Church, London (3/5)

Goldfrapp’s Little Noise set was always going to be a religious experience - performed on an altar, perfumed with incense and presided over by the vicar of St John’s Hackney, who is up by the organ enjoying the show and the view.

Keren Ann, Jazz Café, London

The audience was pulled out of its drinking and chatting revelry at the Jazz Café when "101", the title track of Keren Ann's latest album was pumped loudly from the PA system.

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Bank may take control of record label after bitter £7bn case between former friends

Good vibrations in a brave new classical world

Some of Britain's biggest rock stars are joining forces with a famous orchestra – with thrilling results, says Nicola Christie

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